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Last-gasp Vukušić ends Croatia's losing streak

Published: Monday 10 October 2011, 17.45CET
Estonia 0-1 Croatia
The visitors recorded their first points of the campaign but it took an 89th-minute penalty from Ante Vukušić to clinch a dramatic victory.
by Mikhail Malkin
from Tamme Staadion
Last-gasp Vukušić ends Croatia's losing streak
Hajduk Split striker Ante Vukušić scored Croatia's late winner in Estonia ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 10 October 2011, 17.45CET

Last-gasp Vukušić ends Croatia's losing streak

Estonia 0-1 Croatia
The visitors recorded their first points of the campaign but it took an 89th-minute penalty from Ante Vukušić to clinch a dramatic victory.

Croatia moved off the foot of qualifying Group 5 but it took a late penalty by Ante Vukušić to earn his side their first victory of the campaign at the expense of Estonia.

It was a welcome return to winning ways for a side that had succumbed to three successive defeats and if confidence had been knocked by recent results they did not show it.

Their play was marked by quick passing and extensive use of the flanks. For all their domination, however, Ivan Šušak's side took 45 minutes to produce a genuine goal threat, Marcelo Brozović missing the target from close range  after being picked out by Duje Čop's right-wing cross. Seconds before the interval, Croatia again came close, Ivan Lendrić denied by goalkeeper Marko Meerits after racing clear.

With Estonia sitting deep and posing the occasional threat on the break, the onus was on the visitors to make all the running, but when Čop's first-time strike from 12 metres was repelled by the excellent Meerits, it seemed their goalless run would stretch to a fourth match.

However, a minute from time, substitute Vukušić was hauled down by Aleksei Jahhimovitš and the 20-year-old HNK Hajduk Split striker scored from the ensuing penalty.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.13CET

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Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Croatia

Croatia

1
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK)
1
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
2
VeisAndrei Veis
2
AntolićDomagoj Antolić
3
PeitreMeelis Peitre
5
KelićRenato Kelić (C)
Yellow Card37
4
ReintamMikk Reintam
8
Mateo KovačićMateo Kovačić
5
JahhimovitšAleksei Jahhimovitš
10
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution71
6
TennoSiim Tenno
Yellow Card7
11
LendrićIvan Lendrić
Substitution61
7
PodholjuzinMaksim Podholjuzin
13
ŠkvorcDino Škvorc
8
LiivamägiElvis Liivamägi
Substitution86
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Yellow Card12
9
Henri AnierHenri Anier (C)
15
PaurevićIvan Paurević
10
PaponovMaksim Paponov
Yellow Card39
Substitution61
18
TičinovićMario Tičinović
11
ProsaAlbert Prosa
Substitution71
19
ČopDuje Čop

Substitutes

12
ToomMait Toom (GK)
12
VasiljMarko Vasilj (GK)
13
KaljumäeMarek Kaljumäe
3
ŽuparićDario Župarić
14
ArtjuninArtjom Artjunin
7
VujičevićDario Vujičević
Substitution76
15
TšegodajevMartin Tšegodajev
9
VukušićAnte Vukušić
Substitution61
Goal89
16
TammJoonas Tamm
Substitution61
17
Kukoč-PetraelloTonći Kukoč-Petraello
Substitution71
Substitution76
17
LaasMikk Laas
Substitution86
20
GlavicaDejan Glavica
18
Hannes AnierHannes Anier
Substitution71
22
BručićKarlo Bručić

Coach

Frank Bernhardt (GER) Ivan Šušak (CRO)

Referee

Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

Assistant referees

Doros Touros (CYP), Yiangos Tziapouras (CYP)

Fourth official

Stelios Trifonos (CYP)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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